Legendary rock and roll musician Chuck Berry died Saturday afternoon at age 90, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 90.
The music legend behind the hits "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Memphis," "My Ding-a-Ling" and "Sweet Little Sixteen" was found "unresponsive" in a residence near St. Louis, the St. Charles County Police Department announced on Facebook.
Berry paved the way for such music greats as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton and AC/DC among others.
John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.' "
See how the reaction to his passing on social media below.
A legend is gone. Half the rock-n-roll artist today wouldn't be playing had Chuck not been there at the beginning. https://t.co/Z0VQBYFTsN
- George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berryhttps://t.co/9MoHHXnxD7
- Carole King (@Carole_King) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry... https://t.co/Wmbg5wXRzz
- Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry #hailhailrocknroll #motorvatinoverthehill #coffeecolouredcadillac
- Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 18, 2017
Rest In Peace, Chuck Berry. You changed music. You changed everyone that listened to your music. Thank you. https://t.co/NxwfWRFD3S
- Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 18, 2017
Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him #ChuckBerry rip @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame https://t.co/bU22p2cywb
- Questlove Gomez (@questlove) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain't bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.
- Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 18, 2017
One of the most underrated lyricists- #RIPChuckBerry
- John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 18, 2017
R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music pic.twitter.com/hS2S2lUORf
- #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. - KU
- Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) March 18, 2017
Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother! https://t.co/tOMuQzUgPX
- Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry. Wow. https://t.co/TnlQviACPO
- Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry. https://t.co/UzJx74c36p
- Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) March 18, 2017